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Roller (Coracias garrulus)
Roller Roller (Coracias garrulus)

Family: rollers (Coraciidae)


Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate


Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Roller (Coracias garrulus)
May-June, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)
May-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Markus Varesvuo


Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Jari Peltomaki
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Erlend Haarberg
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Daroczi Csaba


We have photographed this species from the following 2 hide(s). In the hide's species list, you can see how frequently and when you can photograph this species.
Tower Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
The Tower in the backyard of the farm-house gives an excellent opportunity to photograph rare bird species such as Cuckoo, Golden Oriole, Kestrel and Roller. Details >>
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Species list (12) >>

Tower - Details


The tower is located where the steppe, forest and water habitat cross each other. It is surrounded by some Locust trees, and the birds often rest on the top of them. Since 2007, a pair of kestrels have been nesting in one of the nest boxes which where put out around the Tower, as well as 6-8 pairs of starlings. From mid-April the kestrels stay around the backyard of the farmhouse, thus their everyday life can be photographed at close range. The Tower belongs to the territory of some Rollers, they can often be seen on the top of the branches in front of the hide, also Cuckoos, Golden Orioles and 2-4 pairs of Bee-eaters, which nest in the backyard of the farmhouse. The main photography direction is south, the birds can be photographed at dawn in side-light, than back-light and front-light in the afternoon.

Technical data of the hide:

Year of building: 2006
Number of birds photographed from the hide: 10
Number of birds observed from the hide: 146
Floor space: 180x360 cm
Height of top of Tower: 11,5 m
Height of bottom of Tower: 9,2 m
Internal height: 230 m
Material: wood
Distance between hide and branch: 2-20 m
Recommended focal lenght: >400 mm
Photography direction: 3 directions
Orientation: according to North 45, 135, 305
Angle of sight: 340
Photography angle: 270
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 4 pieces of 100x160 cm
Inside temperature: 10-30C, in case of sunshine it can be 30 after 10 AM
Clothing: dark upper clothes
Room Availability: 4 pax
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
April-June, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
April-May, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)
May-June, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
May-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
May-June, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Magpie (Pica pica)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
April-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
April-July, Weekly
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller Hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
We offer three hides for photographing this beautiful, highly protected bird. Since 2006, three pairs of rollers are nesting every year in the nestboxes we put out for them. Their stirring life can be photographed for two continuous months, just as they occupy the nestboxes, breed and raise their youngs. Details >>
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Species list (5) >>

Roller Hide - Details


The hides are 20-300 and 600 meter away from the farm and all of them approachable by car. The rollers are back from Africa sometimes around the end of April and immediately start looking for appropriate nesting site. They spend most of their time around the occupied nest box, defending it from other rivals. The ideal nest box is at 3 meter height, and in order to have a good background all the hides were built on the top of an embankment above the boxes. Rollers can be very aggressive when it comes to possessing the nest boxes, they can often be seen in bloody aerial fight. The copulation happens between the 8th and 20th of May depending on weather circumstances. They mate 4-5 times a day, once at least in front of the hide on the branch. However, they regularly visit the nest box and rest on the tree branch which is in front of the box. The male goes hunting and feeds the female about every 20 minutes with arthropods, rodents, snakes, lizards and frogs of all kind. The distance between the hides and branches can be varied from 4-15 meters, but usually it is set for 7-8 meters. Photographing from the hides is from a sitting position, we provide foldable chairs for our guests. The birds are most active in the early hours when it is their mating period. After the famale layed her last egg (around the 20th of May), she and the male sits on the eggs in turns. The incubation lasts for about 20-22 days. This is a quiet period of time in terms of photography, to be able to capture a good shot it probably needs more time than usual. The youngs hatch around the 10th of June and from that on life is stirring again.

Technical data of the hide:

Year of building: all are set up in mid-April and removed at mid-July
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 6
Number of observed birds from the hide: 42
Floor space: 250x125 cm
Height: 125 cm
Material: wood
Orientation of hide: 1 way
Angle of sight: 170
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 200x40 cm
Inside temperature: 10-30C, in case of sunshine after 10 AM >30
Clothing: all dark including socks
Room Availability: 3 pax
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)
May-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)
May-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate